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Cain shut down some manufacturing as well.

The next time that GOP presidential hopeful and former Whirlpool director Herman Cain comes to the depressed factory town of Newton, Iowa, he may face some angry questions from former employees of a company that the household appliances manufacturer acquired in 2005.

Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO who is suddenly one of the Republican frontrunners, was also a member of the Whirlpool board of directors when the company shut down a plant in Newton in 2007 that had employed 1,700 workers, devastating the local economy.